Length: 93,000 words
Cover: Harper By Design
Out-and-proud travel writer Dan Taylor is a city boy who can't steer a boat to save his life, but that doesn't stop him from heading into the English countryside to write up a narrowboat holiday. Compared to London, the canal seems dull as ditchwater. Until he crashes into the boat of a half-naked, tattooed man whose bad-boy, penniless appearance doesn't fit with his posh accent. Dan is intrigued, and he always gets his man.
Still smarting from a past betrayal, Robin Hamilton is firmly closeted in his narrowboat-his refuge from outrageous, provocative men like Dan. But as circumstances keep throwing them together, he can't help himself from coming to the hopelessly out-of-place city boy's rescue. Exposure to Dan's sunny charm starts to melt Robin's resolve and he's tempted by the idea of a brief, harmless fling.
After all, in less than a week, Dan will have left the canal and be back to his diet of casual hook-ups and friends with benefits.
Determined not to fall in love, both men dive into one week of indulgence...only to find themselves swept away by a current of escalating intimacy and emotional intensity. Troubled waters they didn't anticipate... and haven't a clue how to navigate.
Warning: Contains one lovable tart, one posh boy gone feral, rough sex, alfresco sex, vile strawberry flavoured condoms, intimate body piercings, red thermal long-johns, erotic woodchopping, an errant cat, a few colourful characters you wouldn't touch with a bargepole, and plenty of messing about on the river.
Barging In is exactly the type of story I look for when I want something mostly lighthearted, sweet with a nice dose of heat, and with a unique setting that helps keep an everyday trope—playboy meets the one—fresh and fun. Besides that, now it has me thinking of taking my own boating holiday ;-) It did take me a little bit to warm up to the pairing of Dan and Robin, but once I did I became enamored with their interesting matchup.
Dan is a typical single playboy, independent and with a modest amount of success as a travel writer, ready to party in the city and fool around with whoever takes his fancy at the time. Robin is quite the opposite—reserved and quiet, preferring a more solitary, simple life out on the water. He rebelled against his fancier upbringing, choosing tattoos, piercings and living off his hard work instead of following the more posh lifestyle he’d grown up enjoying. These two are definitely a bit of a mismatch, so not only do we have our playboy Dan meeting someone who just might tame his ways, but we also get two opposites attracting—always a fun element to add to a story.
Usually with opposites falling for each other, you see each of them changing to become a bit like the other (or at least that’s the way the majority of the stories I read seem to go). But here, we find most of the changes coming from Dan, made especially evident once his travel writing holiday time is up and he has to go back home. It’s at that point that the angst starts to really creep in, and both men’s feelings start to become truly exposed.
Barging In was a very solid 4-star read for me, and I’d definitely recommend it as a good all-around M/M romance (especially if you like the tropes I mentioned earlier). It is meant for readers 18+ for adult language along with sexual content, and there is some casual drug use mentioned (marijuana) as well.
English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She's beginning to suspect he enjoys it.
Jo's novel Stuff won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Romance, and her novella Merry Gentlemen won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy. She loves to be busy, and is currently having fun trying to work out how she is going to fit in her love of writing, dressmaking and attending cabaret shows in fabulous clothing around the demands of a preteen with special needs and an incessantly curious toddler.
|Hosted By Signal Boost Promotions|